A day or two ago I took out a subscription to the Berlin Philharmonic's digital concert hall site, with options (so far) on 79 very recent complete concerts and future concerts to come (live if I choose). The year-long subscription (the one I took) is pricey, but the monthly one seems to me very good value if people would be able and willing to watch a lot of material in 30 days.
I wonder whether others have taken out a subscription? I must say I'm so far enjoying mine greatly. I'm not really able to get to concerts easily, and they're not terribly convenient or practical in my present circumstances, so this has been a happy alternative for me, shot as the site is in HD and with good sound (though of course sound via an average pc system isn't the real thing by any stretch...). I think the BPO has done well in adopting the methods of other orchestras (LSO and CSO Live, etc) and going one stage further. The visual element does add something.
A few thoughts. Music seen live, even if not actually 'live' (although as I say there is a live 'live' option), often has a frisson beyond a recording - to see musicians interacting with total commitment (as the players of the BPO habitually do) is a wonderful thing. There's a visual element to music-making not to be sniffed at.
That connects with how exciting it can be to follow a performance delivered in front of an audience. One of the main things which attracted me to the site was the prospect of a complete Sibelius cycle conducted by Simon Rattle last year. I started with the 2nd, and it's a fabulous performance, never overplayed but direct, fiery and assured in a way which seems to me a significant advance on Rattle's old CBSO recording. It generates a very considerable charge. (We hear the grumbles about Rattle in Berlin: but watch a performance like this and what comes across is a conductor and orchestra very much of like mind and heart, both passionate about the music. I can see why they like him.)
I'm struck, too, by the variety of music within the 79-odd concerts here, with many programmes including unusual works or premieres alongside established classics. What an education I'm hoping this will be.
It would be great to hear from anyone who's also a subscriber. Tips for which concerts to go for first?